Safe Movies - Editing Hollywood To Create Clean Films For All
by Mark Falco
The declining moral standards of society, fuelled in some large
part by the television media and mainstream movie industry,
has been much bemoaned by parental groups, religious organisations
and other guardians of our collective morality but without an
awful lot of impact being made. The perceived decay of traditional
values and weakening of moral fibre continues daily to a point
where things which would have made a dock worker blush 30 years
ago now proliferate into mainstream network media channels and
even into children's programming slots with sensory-numbing
There can be few parents reading this who haven't sat through
a movie they would have loved to have shared with their children
but for one or two unsuitable scenes. Or who have been simply
unable to enjoy a movie everyone is talking about due to the
level of sexual content, violence or other unsavoury content.
Renting a Hollywood movie is almost guaranteed to ensure you
an unhealthy dose of sex and violence and with the censorship
boards becoming increasingly liberal, the PG rating bar allows
more and more questionable content to limbo under it.
Well now, all that is starting to change with the help of a
few of society's good guys. We've all heard of the slogan "sex
sells", but hey guess what? "NO sex sells just
as well and has opened up a whole new industry for DVD rental
and retail sales.
Family Edited movies are the new 'big thing' to hit the entertainment
world with a few pioneers such as Cleanfilms.com stepping up
to scrub Hollywood clean!
A family edited movie is basically exactly the same movie you
find on the shelves of your local rental store but with all
the offensive content edited out. Edited scenes typically include
the removal of foul and offensive language, including non-religious
reference to deity, the removal of graphic violence, nudity
and sexual/overly suggestive imagery and reference to them and
basically anything which is liable to cause offence on moral
or religious grounds.
The editing is akin to that seen on network television channels
with professional editors ensuring there are no obvious breaks
in the flow of the movie, so that the only clue the viewer has
that they are watching a family edited DVD is that there is
no offensive content. Of course, you will not find every movie
can be edited in this way, so choices are limited, simply because
a lot of movies will not longer be watchable after the adult
content has been removed!
Surprisingly, considering a whole new market has been opened
up for their movies and a demand has been shown, Hollywood is
not too happy about such services and rather than jumping on
the bandwagon, has actually voiced opposition to the perceived
dismemberment of their 'art'. However, under copyright laws,
so long as the editing company holds a copy of the original,
unedited movie in their offices for each one they sell, or the
customer owns a copy, then the editing process is both legal
and irreproachable. Score one for the good guys!
Unfortunately, this kind of messing around does mean that family
edited movies do cost more than their unedited counterparts
. As edited DVDs can not be sold as edited DVDs, you basically
pay for the original DVD movie plus the cost of editing it.
Effectively this amounts to a few dollars more on top of the
normal retail price of a movie. However, for those who do not
wish to pay more, there are a number of family safe DVD rental
services around which are just like say, Netflix, but offering
nothing but movies with edited content for rental.
Despite the inflated prices of family edited movies, these kinds
of services are invaluable for anyone who yearns for the golden
age of movies, is tired of having their entertainment spoiled
by questionable scenes, or for parents who seek to protect their
children from Hollywood's often dubious standards of morality.
If that's not worth paying out an extra dollar or two, I don't
know what is!
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- Independent review of cleanfilms.com and past/present customer
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About the Author
Mark Falco is a part-time webmaster and owner of the http://www.dvdrentalservices.co.uk
web site. Permission is granted to reuse this article so long
as no modifications are made and this author byline remains
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